Stop hunting senior players: Kumble

Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 11:14 [IST]
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Bangalore: Indian skipper Anil Kumble today strongly backed senior colleagues in the team, who are under immense pressure to perform.

Kumble, is one of the five seniors in the team, alongside Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravud, VVS Laxman and Saurav Ganguly who are under pressure after a dismal performance in the recent series against Sri Lanka.

"In India, As soon as you cross 30 people start talking about retirement. It is not fair to judge someone by just one performance or just one series, especially when someone has performed for a decade.. I understand when he is a newcomer, though that is unfair as well. You cannot judge a player by just one series. But when you have played for 10-15 years and contributed to all the victories that India have had in the last 15 years, it is not fair to pass judgment."

He further said despite being 'seniors', the players were still putting in just as much effort to perform, and no one was taking their place for granted. He said, "I think everyone needs to perform, as it is a team game. You can't take your place for granted and I can assure you that is not the case with any of the players. People may call us seniors, but the amount of work we put in is the same as anyone else."

Kumble will be party to the selection of the Indian team for the first two Test matches against the visiting Australians, and going by his statements, it looks like former captain Sourav Ganguly might be given another chance. Ganguly, who had a poor run, just as all other batsmen did in the series in Sri Lanka, had been left out of the team for the Irani Cup tie, leading to speculation if that was the end for the former captain.


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